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Today is Top Gun Day, according to the organizers of Top Gun Day. They explain the holiday this way on their website,

"Well it’s like talk like a pirate day, only way cooler because it allows you to quote Top Gun all day long, wear aviator sunglasses (no matter how cheap), pretend you’re a fighter pilot ('it’s time to buzz the fridge'), play volleyball in jeans, and drink Hemlock–wait, wait–I mean ICE water."

For those of you who lived in a cave in 1986, Top Gun is a movie starring Tom Cruise as young Naval aviator Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell... daring young flyer [who] learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Hubba, hubba. That scorching-hot quote is from, referring to Mav's romance with one of his instructors.

Maverick is a student at United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program - a.k.a. Top Gun - which at that time was located on MCAS Miramar (then called NAS Miramar).

In fact, quite a few scenes in the movie were shot in San Diego-area locations, including Kansas City Barbeque, and the aptly-named "Top Gun house" in Oceanside.

The movie has been credited with reinvigorating interest in the military. As Yahoo Movies writes:

Acknowledged as the greatest promotional movie for the U.S. Navy, "Top Gun" changed the landscape of Navy recruitment. From recruitment booths to tour buses, there was a steady rise of people interested in Naval aviation. People went crazy over aviator shades and new haircuts inspired by the "Top Gun" stars' hairdos. People were talking about the "need for speed."

All I know is that I was in eighth grade when the movie came out, and every boy within a 50 mile radius of me seemed to be quoting the film ad nauseum, answering every question with, "I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you." Ah, memories.

What are YOUR memories of watching Top Gun? Have your say in our comments section.

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SoCalMediaSurfer | May 13, 2013 at 10:58 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

I was a 20 something adult with a child in 1986, but I fell for the movie and its story. I watch it a couple of times a year and I attended the 25th Anniversary Party at KC BBQ where myself and other patrons watched the movie all day, recreated scenes and dialogue, played Top Gun Trivia and had a great time. I will probably watch the movie tonight, just because, Hey, it's Top Gun Day! Miccilina Piraino/SoCal Media Surfer

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tapkae | May 13, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Man oh man... I used to live in North Clairemont during my childhood and was already madly into building models of navy aircraft and already had a love for the F-14. My house had roof access and I'd lose myself watching the Tomcats and other planes do the touch and go loops that swung close to the 805, and sometimes closer. My Navy chief grandfather periodically indulged me and took me to Miramar where I stood outside the hangar fences just watching operations from on base.

When Top Gun came out it was like I found religion! Others of my generation had Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future. I had Top Gun. That was the first movie I saw repeatedly. Maybe 10-15 times in the first year or so. My 13th birthday that year was TG themed--the hat, some more models to build. I was the TG evangelist. I tried to get my little brother hooked into it. I lived like Maverick around mom. He was more Goose-like, paying the price for my cockiness.

TG was one of the best Navy recruitment PR hooks ever, and at 13 I resolved to be a Naval aviator. That is, until a few months into 8th grade when I got the kiss of death: a school report card with a solid D average! Doom! The following year I was prescribed glasses for myopia. That perhaps more realistically killed my nascent fighter pilot career since I had read that a fighter pilot needed 20/20 vision. But there was Top Gun, the movie, with some of the baddest-assed aerial footage. I could at least pretend. And yes, I had a crush on Kelly McGillis. Even ended up marrying a girl named Kelli!

I think I know what I'll watch today.

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